Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People
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Friday, May 20, 2016 12:00 AM

This study assessed whether 12 weeks of chiropractic care was effective in improving sensorimotor function associated with fall risk, compared with no intervention, in community-dwelling older adults living in Auckland, New Zealand.  Sensorimotor function and multisensory integration associated with fall risk and the physical component of quality of life improved in older adults receiving chiropractic care compared with control. 

Sixty community-dwelling adults older than 65 years were enrolled in the study. Outcome measures were assessed at baseline, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks and included proprioception (ankle joint position sense), postural stability (static posturography), sensorimotor function (choice stepping reaction time), multisensory integration (sound-induced flash illusion), and health-related quality of life (SF-36).

Over 12 weeks, the chiropractic group improved compared with the control group in choice stepping reaction time and sound-induced flash illusion. Ankle joint position sense improved across the 4- and 12-week assessments. Improvements were also seen between weeks 4 and 12 in the SF-36 physical component of quality of life compared with control.

Falls are a significant cause of death, injury, and loss of quality of life in older adults. Falls account for more than 80% of injury-related hospital admissions in people older than 65 years, and they are the leading cause of injury-related death in older adults. Approximately 30%-40% of community-dwelling older adults suffer from at least 1 fall per year. This incidence rate rises dramatically with increasing age or when a variety of risk factors are present. 

Source:  http://chiro.org/wordpress/2016/04/effectiveness-of-chiropractic-care-to-improve-sensorimotor-function-associated-with-falls-risk-in-older-people/